Working mothers have a lot to do. Not only do they spend at least eight hours a day working outside of the home, they also have to work taking care of the home. It’s no wonder moms might get out of shape; they don’t have time to take care of themselves. Experts will tell you to of the advantages of taking care of yourself, however. Following are working mother’s fitness tips which can help you.

Even if you don’t think you have a lot of time, there’s still much you can do to get in better shape. In fact, some experts are saying that rather than spending hours working out, it is better to exercise twenty minutes three times a week. Do you have twenty minutes you can spare? If your day is full, making time for those twenty minutes could be the most important part of your day.

Before going any further, remember it’s important to take care of yourself. If you don’t take care of your own needs, including getting fit and healthy, you won’t feel well enough to do the things you need to do. Give yourself permission to do what’s best for you. Devoting time to your own health will benefit everyone involved: you, your family and your boss.

Make fitness a priority. Put your twenty minute exercise time on your calendar in the same way you would any other appointment. Instead of going to lunch three days a week with your friends or co-workers, take those days to walk during your lunch break. You can still eat a light lunch, spend twenty minutes walking, and then get back to work. Enlist your friends to join you and you could all feel better.

Get your family involved. Exercising as a family can do more than make you feel healthier. It can allow you time to reconnect when everyone has a busy schedule. Take a walk after dinner or ride bicycles. Does your family have a pool? Swimming is great exercise and can be so much fun.

It may have been a long time since you’ve done any exercising. Start out slow so you don’t injure yourself. Pace yourself and then work yourself up to twenty minutes of exercise. You can do some research to determine what your exercising heart rate should be to get the most benefit for the activity you’ve chosen.

Perhaps you are too busy even to take twenty minutes out of your day three times a week. Maybe your family is too busy as well. Why not sit down as a family and write down everything everyone does? Give everyone a color and create a calendar with everyone’s appointments or obligations for every day of the week. If you look at your calendar and there aren’t any down times except for when you sleep, it may be time to think about having everyone cut back a little.

Determine which activities are absolutely necessary. This would be going to school for children and going to work for working adults. Those are non-negotiable. You may also include regular religious services if your family attends them, medical and business appointments, as well as physically purchasing groceries so the family can eat.

Decide which activities can be cancelled so you can all take time to take care of yourselves, especially the working mom. If your family can cut out some activities, you might actually have twenty minutes three times a week to devote to getting fit.